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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE No 20

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SAMPLE SHIPPING PROCEDURES

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9034 E Easter

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Suite 201

Centennial Colorado

Approved by

80112

Date

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SOP No 20
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Sample Shipping

Procedures

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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PURPOSE AND SCOPE 20


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RESPONSIBILITIES AND

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DATA

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RELATED STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES 20


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EQUIPMENT

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COLLECTION OF SAMPLES

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PROCEDURES 20
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QUALITY ASSURANCE
QUALITY CONTROL

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DOCUMENTATION

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REFERENCES 20
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QUALIFICATIONS

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QUALITY OBJECTIVES 20
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LIST 20
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Sample Shipping

Procedures

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The

following

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SOP describes the

procedures

to

be followed when

samples

are

shipped

off site

RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

The principal

investigator or their designated representative is responsible for the


implementation to the SOP The individuals must be cognizant of applicable DOT USPS UPS
and Federal Express requirements
regarding the shipment of samples and hazardous materials
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DATA QUALITY OBJECTIVES

Compliance with the SOP is mandatory to ensure samples are conveyed to the laboratory within
established holding periods Non
compliance may require the samples to be discarded and
another sample obtained
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RELATED S fANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

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SOP No 3
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Drill Core

SOP No 9
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Test Pit

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SOP No 22

Groundwater

SOP No 30
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Soil

Sampling

SOP No 33
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Soil

Sampling

Excavation Logging and Sampling

Sampling

with Radionuclides

EQUIPMENT LIST
Sturdy plastic

metal ice cooler

or

Custody forms
of
Chain
Custody

seals

Mailing

labels

Strapping

clear

packing and

duct tape

Ziploc plastic bags


Knife

Tape
Extra

or

and

scissors

dispenser

labels custody

seals

Permanent marker

Surgical gloves
Large plastic bag garbage

can

Arrow labels

Up labels

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or

This End

size

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Minimum
Wet ice

Sample Shipping

eight pounds

or

other

Express

form

Vermiculite or

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packing
with

material

account

commercially

number

available cat

litter

COLLECTION OF SAMPLES

Sample collection
Investigator PI
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For

of ice

packs frozen

Bubble wrap

Federal

Procedures

and all

shipment

activities will be under the direction of the

Principal

PROCEDURES
shipping

samples

purposes

restricted articles

are

segregated into two classes environmental samples and

hazardous

i
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materials Environmental samples can also be categorized
or
historical
expected
analyte levels i
e low or high An environmental sample is one
that is not defined as a hazardous material
by the Department of Transportation DOT 49 CFR
Part 171
8 The DOT defines a hazardous material as a substance which has been determined
by the Secretary of Transportation to be capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health safety
and property when transported in commerce and which has been so
designated Any material of
a
hazardous
nature previously characterized as hazardous or known to be hazardous is
suspected
based

on

considered

restricted article

In

general the two major concerns in shipping samples are protecting the samples from
breakage during shipment and complying with applicable DOT and courier
requirements for restricted article shipments
incidental

Protecting the samples from incidental breakage can be achieved by following common sense
All samples should be packed in a manner that will not allow them to
freely move about in the
cooler or shipping container Glass surfaces should not be allowed to contact each other When
possible repack the samples in the same materials that they were originally received in from the
laboratory Each container should be cushioned with plastic bubble wrap styrofoam or other
nonreactive cushioning material Shipping hazardous materials should conform to the
packaging
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marking labeling and shipping instructions identified in 49 CFR Parts 172
Environmental
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Select

samples
sturdy

shall be

packed

for

shipment using

cooler in

Line the cooler with

the

following procedures

good condition Secure and tape


a large heavy
duty plastic bag

Place 2
4 inches of bubble wrap

The

After

or

other

packing

sample packer should wear eye protection


samples during the packing process

the drain

plug

with fiber

material in the bottom of the cooler

and

protective gloves

when

handling

ensuring that sample container lids are secure place the bottles in separate
appropriately sized Ziploc polyethylene bags Seal the bags with tape

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Sample Shipping

Procedures

Wrap duplicate volatile organic VOA vials


packing material as a VOA sandwich

Place the bottles in the cooler with sufficient space to allow for the addition of more
bubble wrap or other packing material between the bottles Large or heavy sample
containers should be placed on the bottom ofthe cooler with
lighter samples i
e VOAs

placed

on

top

to eliminate

in

one

piece

of bubble wrap

or

other

breakage

Put wet ice

i ice packs or ice that has been placed in sealed heavy


e
duty
polyethylene bags on top of or between the samples Pack enough ice in the cooler to
chill the samples during transit Ifthe cooler is
shipped on a Friday or Saturday for
Monday delivery double the amount of ice placed in the cooler Fill all remaining space
with bubble wrap or other packing material Securely fasten the top of the garbage bag
lining the cooler with tape

Place

chain form and


custody
of

if applicable CLP traffic

and affix to the cooler


s inside

then close the cooler

reports into Ziploc plastic


bag
lid
Securely fasten the top of the
cooler shut with fiber tape Place two signed and dated chain
custody seals on the top
of
and sides of the cooler so that the cooler cannot be
opened without breaking the seals
Once cooler is

sealed shake

test

containers in the cooler If loose

cooler to make

samples

are

sure

that there are

detected

no

loose

open the cooler and

sample
repack the

samples
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Using

clear

tape

affix

mailing

11 Mark the cooler with This End

position
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label and return address to the

Up and

arrow

top

ofthe cooler

labels that indicate the proper

upward

ofthe cooler

Ship samples via priority overnight express to the contracted analytical laboratory for
morning delivery Ifapplicable check for Saturday delivery

next

13 Declare value of samples

value should reflect the

on

the

shipping

form for insurance purposes Note this declared

cost to recollect the

samples

14 Record the

tracking numbers from the Federal Express forms in the field notebook Also
retain the s
customer copy ofthe Federal Express airbill

Hazardous materials should be packed

according to

the above

procedures

with the

following

additions
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Place

Place

Place vermiculite

samples

in individual

samples in paint cans in


place glass against glass
samples
Secure

or

a manner

other absorbent

and

secure

with

plastic

which would prevent bottle

packing

material in the

paint

tie

e do not
breakage i

can

around the

The amount of packing material used should be sufficient to absorb the entire

contents ofthe

Ziploc plastic bags

sample

if the container is broken

during shipment

lid to the

paint can with can clips and labels the outside ofthe can with sample
quantity Mark the paint can with This End Up and arrow labels that
proper upward position of the paint can

numbers and
indicate the
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Sample Shipping

Procedures

Package the paint cans in DOT boxes or coolers with appropriate


and markings on two adjacent sides of the box or cooler

s documentation
Ship the restricted articles via overnight courier following the courier
A
airbill
be
must
each
for
requirements special
completed
shipment Retain a copy ofthe
airbill for records and tracking purposes if necessary

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QUALITY ASSURANCE
QUALITY CONTROL

During

the

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DOCUMENTATION

DOT

shipping

labels

project QA
QC field book checks will be conducted by the designated project
representatives Any corrective action must be conducted in writing by the owner of the Note
book and initialed
QC representative
by the QA

All

sampling shipping documents manifests and


designated Principal Investigator PI
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notebooks

must be

maintained

by

the

REFERENCES

EPA March 2001 Guidance for Preparing Standard Operating Procedures SOPS
02 Office of Environmental Information Washington D
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EPA
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EPA March 2001 EPA Requirements for Quality Management Plans
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002 Office of Environmental Information Washington D
02

EPA

EPA

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QA

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2 EPA
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Nov ember 2002 Guidance on Environmental Verification and Data Validation


C
8 004
G
QA
02 Office of Environmental Information Washington D
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240
EPA

EPA

EPA

EPA December 2002 Guidance for Quality Assurance Project Plans EPA AQ
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G
C
009 Office of Environmental Information Washington D
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R
240
EPA

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